Thursday, March 31, 2011

Baby Quilt #3

Sometimes I think I must be wearing a sign that tells people to give me fabric. Seriously. I think at least 80% of my stash has been gifted to me by people. My mom. Friends. Strangers.

Yes, strangers have given me fabric. 

Take this little baby quilt that I finished a few weeks back (soon to be another donation to a local maternity home). Both fabrics used in the quilt were gifted to me shortly after Miss C. was born. The peach fabric was gifted to me by a sweet little old lady that I've never met – a friend of my husband's wonderful grandmother – who thought I might like to make a dress for my daughter. The blue fabric was a gift from my bargain hunter mom, who had gone on a fabric and pattern binge shortly after becoming a grandmother for the first time. 

I hate to admit it, but I never got around to making those sweet little dresses for my baby girl. Life with a high needs baby made it impossible to even think about sewing dresses that she'd grow out of in a month or two, so that big stack of fabric has sat in my stash for the past three and a half years.

I rediscovered them while hunting for scraps to use in my Project Destash baby quilts. The finished quilt is a bit more traditional than my usual quilting style (I'm a improvisational quilter a heart), but I like how it turned out... 

... even though I chickened out at the last minute and decided against hand quilting it in favor of stitching in the ditch. Maybe next time!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vintage-Inspired Hair

Have you ever wondered if you were born in the wrong era? I do all the time. I'm an old fashioned girl trapped in a very modern time. I may have a cell phone, but I dearly wish I could wear all of those beautiful '40s and '50s dresses and hairstyles.

My current hairstyle has left me feeling rather uninspired lately and I've been combing blogs and YouTube for tutorials that can help me transform my modern style into a more romantic, vintage style.

My hair styling tool kit consists of a round brush and hair dryer, so I've been waiting for a good deal on a set of rollers. I happened to be visiting Big Lots for the first time last week when I spotted two sets of foam curlers for $1 each. Ten minutes later, I had two dozen curlers and bucket of bubbles in hand (nothing wrong with a little bribery for good behavior in the store, right?). Score!

Today, I spent the first half of my day roaming the house old lady-style with a full set of curlers in place. I felt a little sheepish at first, but thankfully nobody laughed at me (thanks Miss C. and Master W.!). 

A few hours later I had the kids down for a nap and a gorgeous, vintage-inspired updo in place. Many thanks to LisaFremontStreet's fabulous YouTube tutorial.